Shot politician's last SMS to Mbalula

2012-07-03 10:45

Durban - Less than an hour before he was slain outside his South Coast home, ANC regional leader Wandile Mkhize sent Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula a heartfelt SMS about unity in the ruling party.

It was 21:08 on Saturday and the SMS read: “I will not speak for many. But my observation stems from the contradictions and how we handled things in the YL [ANC Youth League] when u comrades left.”

Mbalula is a former youth league president, who was succeeded by the Julius Malema, who was expelled earlier this year.

Mkhize was an ANCYL regional leader and last year unsuccessfully contested the post of ANCYL secretary general against Sindiso Magaqa, who was suspended from the ANCYL for a year.

Zuma supporter

Mbalula is widely reported to be among those who do not want President Jacob Zuma to be elected party leader for a second term, while Mkhize was a staunch supporter of Zuma who led delegates in song in support of the president at last week’s policy conference.

Mkhize’s SMS continued: “Other contradictions are informed by contest for space by former leaders of the YL within the ANC NEC.

“The stories and lies we fed as members to some of u in leadership further served to deepen the contradiction.

“But now Mbaks [Mbulala’s nickname] we are here. ANC and pipo [sic] beyond ANC need us united and focused. The more time we spend against each other the more we put our country in crisis. Am worried dat [sic] if we collectively don’t rise above what divide us, Mangaung [the ANC’s elective conference in December] will be worse than Polokwane and our movement and country will be at great risk.

“Mtchana I can [do] whatever I can to either bring JZ on board, or some senior leaders of KZN.

“Our movement lost the likes of [Jabu] Moloketi any many brains after Polokwane, we can’t afford to lose or sideline anyone anymore. We need u all.”

Mbalula’s ministerial spokesperson, Paena Galane, told The Witness: “The minister was shocked and disturbed when he heard that Wandile Mkhize was murdered because he had just received the SMS from him shortly before that.”

Mkhize died in a hail of bullets outside his Manaba home on Saturday night after returning from the policy conference. He sustained six gunshot wounds to his chest and lower abdomen.


His brother Nkosi said mourners had streamed to his parents home.

“There have also been many messages of condolences coming in from all over the country.”

Those who personally telephoned included Zuma and Malema, he said. Visitors included Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, himself a former youth league president, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and a provincial delegation.

Gigaba, who was with Wandile at the policy conference, said: “We have been hit hard and where it hurts. Wandile and I have grown up together in the ANC. We have gone through the youth league and other structures of the party together.

“We have lost a promising rising star who was steadfast and principled with humility. He did not look for recognition or to occupy any office and would do anything for the ANC at any structure.”

No arrests have yet been made. Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela confirmed the unit was investigating the murder.

“We are trying our best to arrest the people responsible for this crime as soon as possible. At this stage we are looking at every piece of information available to us.”

The ANC and the Hibiscus Coast Municipality, where Mkhize served as ANC chief whip, are arranging an official funeral.

HCM spokesperson Simon Soboyisa said: “We are expecting over 5 000 mourners and comrades from all over the country to attend Wandile’s funeral on Sunday.”

The funeral will take place at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre.

Soboyisa said a special exco meeting would be held on Tuesday.

“As a municipality we have also arranged for a special memorial service at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre."

Nhlakanipho Shabane, a friend of Mkhize who was wounded in the shooting, is still in a critical condition in hospital.

  • - 2012-07-03 11:02

    Condolences comrade, Politics politics eish sad, i hate politics

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-07-03 11:51

      I hate the politicians.

      poloyatonkim - 2012-07-03 12:27

      Then move to King Mswati where there are no politics and stop irritating.. - 2012-07-03 13:23

      Hello Polio Donkey, nice to know you're back sprouting rubbish again! Not a very constructive point you made, I'm afraid. Here's something constructive : stop making such ridiculous comments and see if you can find something else to do.

      Rational100 - 2012-07-03 20:04

      @polo.. Politics is "the art or science of government"... It follows therefore that any country in the world has politics!!!!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:54

      A wise man once said to me, "anyone want and desiring to become a politicain should automatically and immediately be banned from becoming one!" Probably will need explaining to most here ( real leaders are pushed to the front, they dont barge to the front)

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-03 11:29

    The hawks must just play their cards right.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:13

      Collen, unless its a white person then its ok, right? The name Malema ring any bells?

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-03 11:45

    This is how Chris Hani was killed in 1993, it looks like if you honestly love this ANC you must die cos honest people are not qualifying to lead this party. REST in PEACE KHABAZELA, the Honest ANC will miss you if there is any

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-03 15:54

      I thought Chris Hani died because he had enemies who hated him for what he stood for. He was a communist of the first order the ANC was just a means to an end. He gave the west the impression he was for a free democratic society but he was a dyed in the wool Marxist ready to establish a communist state. Just go look at who he Hung out with overseas.

  • clivegoss - 2012-07-03 11:45

    Six knives in his back, a hatchet buried in his head....., he was dead ! ! Worst type of suicide. A signore welcome to Mexico.

  • ntombiziyabusa.bhengu - 2012-07-03 11:47

    Sounds like Game of Thrones to me!

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-07-03 11:49

    schalkwbu13ger More people killed in Mexico than SA, believe it or not. Still appaling rate in SA of course

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:15

      At the risk of repeating myself............

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-07-03 11:49

    No comments,but this is another evidence that there's problems within the ruling party

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:16

      definitely an apartheid plot!

  • jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-07-03 11:58

    Perhaps it is now time for a government of national unity in order to use all of the gifts and talents of all citizens to respond to crime, poverty and incompetence threatening the well being of our nation. If nothing is done now we may never get out of it and descend into the twin abyss of poverty and violence so common to all Africa.

      AyGeewils - 2012-07-03 12:17

      Very astute comment - and imperative that the solution comes from all the different peoples of SA - The ANC needs help and its not gonna come from within - if they do not reach out to all in this country they will destroy themselves and take a lot of innocent folk with them.

      Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-04 03:10

      Shortly after 94 elections, mandela formed government of national unity, but de clerk decided to withdraw from it. Attempts have been made, read peter mulder.

  • sam.africander - 2012-07-03 12:22

    It's sad how political violence is still rife after 18 years of democracy. Justice needs to prevail! RIP Wandile Mkhize.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:17

      18 years of WHAT???

  • sibongilesarah.maseko - 2012-07-03 12:23


  • sam.africander - 2012-07-03 12:24

    Its a sad reality that political violence is still rife in our country after 18 years of democracy. RIP Wandile Mkhize!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:18

      BEE and AA is democracy?

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-07-03 12:29

    Is Winnie "involved" AGAIN?????

      Millos Mpofu - 2012-07-04 14:27

      NO African politics is like that so the truth is inside the two Camp of the ANC

  • michael.e.bowery - 2012-07-03 12:40

    Ksikotam, I echo your sentiments but unfortunately in African politics the word discussion or compromise does not exist - bullets do! Spookoctopus

  • cazlinbouwer - 2012-07-03 13:17

    they gona blame it on APARTHEID

      merven.halo - 2012-07-03 13:47

      Or Satan...

      christopher.columbus.3950178 - 2012-07-03 13:48

      No Akunga...very happy:) and you?

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-07-03 13:27


  • rodney.sambo - 2012-07-03 14:42

    It has started again, this thing of ANC killing each other!!!

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:26


  • lebogang.mashego.50 - 2012-07-03 15:08

    nobody will be arrested for the murder

      Sharon - 2012-07-03 18:54

      no they will find some idiot

  • cornelius.ncube2 - 2012-07-03 16:00

    Lala ngoxolo brother so sad that the ANCYL had divided the best organisation.Sad that some members in the NEC support these rebels the ANCYL under Julius.All the killings are because of these divisions in the party.Cry the beloved organisation.

  • walter.sesay1 - 2012-07-03 17:52

    Our democracy now become a demo-crazy. Mr. Nelson R. Mandela never sacrifice nor fought for criminals and murderer to take advantage of South Africa democracy.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:27

      Nelson Mandela was duped and used by dark forces who care nothing for his dreams and hard work!

  • Gerald - 2012-07-03 18:35

    News24 bloggers, must love 'em. Before we know the full story here is everyone convinced that this was a politically motivated killing. We know what they say about assumptions...

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:29

      Yes, we do! Like assuming we would benefit financially from the world cup, presidential jets, corruption, nepotism, .....shall I go on?

  • sandile.memela1 - 2012-07-04 00:13

    I'd be surprised if our seriously troubled and racist country man were nor involved in this, with the obvious intention of causing havoc within the ANC. They did it before I have a feeling that's what they are trying to do again. \Let's make them suspect each other\ is what the are saying. Just saying.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-07-04 04:54

    MORE ANC LEADERS HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE LAST 20 YEARS BY THEIR OWN THAN KILLED BY THE APRARTHIED GOVERNMENT. Now that is shocking but not surprising considering the PM is involved in KZN Taxi Mafia.

  • Khaya - 2012-07-04 08:25

    Chris Hani was killed when hee was advocating for peace. Wandile Mkhize is killed as hen was also advocating for unity in the ANC. It is clear that there are forces who benefit from disunity and fights, both within the ANC and the country at large. As a SA citizen I condemn this barabaric act as cowardly and cruel. We appeal for calm and peace in KZN as this may a negative effect on the peace and stability of the province and the country. What a loss. This comrade was a visionery and had a lot to contribute to the country's development

      andy.rossell - 2012-07-04 08:41

      Hi Khaya i agree with you totaly, when are we all going to work together for the good of our country and people.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:31

      How do you equate "Peace" with Unity in the ANCYL, prey tell!!!

  • thabile.balani - 2012-07-04 10:18

    ANC has been turned into a dangerous place to associate with and they are now gin to lose the brains of many young people that are well educated,humble,selfless and dedicated in the change for a better South Africa bcs we can not afford to risk ourselves for power hungry mongers that have no interest for improving the country n its citizens bt only care about self enrichment.

  • wiscoh - 2012-07-04 10:21

    RIP comrade

  • scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 17:38

    The USA has around 400Million people, SA has around 45 million, yet more people die in SA every year man for man (or woman, child) due to violence not war related, yet you compare the two countries? I suggest you travel more, I feel safer in Papua New Guinea than I do in SA! USA, I dont even lock my doors, and I certainly dont need Pitbulls, 2-meter walls, razor wire, armed response, Max security Burglar bars and security gates. You bunch of ignorant village morons!

  • Lulo.lolwethu2 - 2012-07-11 15:13

    why guys why, i mean i dnt understand this serious even if he hs done something wrong to smbdy **klling him** was not the solution...eish so sad maan....

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